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Opinion Writing Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

Most people have opinions that they would like to share. In this lesson, students will learn how to write a solid opinion essay by following a list of simple steps. Students will also gain practice in writing an opinion piece.

Learning Objectives

By the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • name the steps in the process for writing an opinion essay
  • write an opinion essay

Length

55-60 minutes with a group presentation to be given on a separate day

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1

Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.A

Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer's purpose.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.B

Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.C

Link opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., consequently, specifically).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.D

Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.

Materials

  • access to the related lesson How to Write an Opinion Essay
  • access to the Quiz
  • printed copies of the lesson for each student
  • writing materials (either electronic or pen/paper)

Instructions

  • Begin by introducing the lesson.
    • Ask students how they would feel about a uniform dress code being enforced at their school (or ask their opinion of their uniform dress code if there is already one in place).
      • Discuss the pros and cons of requiring uniforms for school students.
      • Allow students to express their ideas about uniforms in school (both positive and negative).
    • Talk about how important it is to be able to express one's opinion about something.
    • Ask students to share their thoughts on the purpose (and process) of writing an opinion essay.
  • Before reading through the lesson, be sure students are given access to it either electronically or via printed copy so that they can be reading along as a group.
  • Read the first section of the lesson, ''The Simple Path.''
    • Briefly discuss each of the steps.
    • Discuss possible ideas/tricks for remembering the steps in order.
  • Next, read and discuss each of the individual steps in the process.
    • Be sure to give special attention to all of the terms that have been bolded.
    • Take care to thoroughly discuss each step before moving on to the next.
  • Finally, read the ''Lesson Summary.''
    • Take a moment to quickly review the steps in the process for writing an opinion essay.
    • Allow for class discussion if there is anything that is still unclear.
    • Answer any questions students might have.
  • Administer the Quiz as a means of assessment and/or a check for understanding.

Group Activity

To further reinforce the process, guide students through the following activity.

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